nursing when mom is sick Category

Thrush – Yeast – Candida

Thrush is a common diagnosis when mom is experiencing nipple pain. Thrush is an overgrowth of a yeast that lives on the skin and in the gut of healthy humans. Thrush may also be referred to as candida albicans. How Common is Nipple Thrush? If you ask a group of moms, they’ll tell you thrush […]

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What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?

IBCLCs provide a wide range of services and support for families expecting a new baby and families whose new baby has arrived. Oasis Lactation Services sees patients in their homes or via telehealth. Here’s a list of things you may use an IBCLC for: assess breast milk production and overall milk supply assess milk transfer […]

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Are My Breasts Empty?

New parents often feel that their breasts are empty or not full any more. This anxiety often causes mothers to end exclusive breastfeeding prematurely or begin supplementing with formula when it is not needed. One of the most common misconceptions about breastfeeding is that breasts, like tanks or bladders, fill and empty. Here are some […]

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Top Tips for Top Milk Supply

By far, the most common concern about breastfeeding is adequate milk supply. Here are the top evidence based recommendations for ensuring your short term and long term production. 1. Bring your baby to the breast as soon as possible after birth. Babies are born alert and ready to feed. Babies nursed in the first 2 […]

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My breast feels hot and hard. Is this mastitis?

It could be. Many cases of mastitis begin with a hard knot in the breast. Often this hard spot is caused by a clogged milk duct. What is a clogged duct?      Breast milk contains a variety of fats and proteins so that it is complete nutrition for your baby. The fats and proteins are different […]

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Many mothers are told that they need to drink a great deal of water in order to make enough milk. So if the idea of 20 glasses a day has your eyeballs floating, fear not! The general recommendation for nursing mothers is drink to thirst. What does “drink to thirst” mean? For some women, it […]

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Do I Need a Lactation Consult?

Plenty of moms have “just a quick question” about breastfeeding that really seems simple enough. Internet forums are an easy way to get quick answers or find links to published information. But what happens when that information is contradictory? Or what if your question has many layers that the forum didn’t consider? Or what if […]

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Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season

One of the big questions that comes up this time of year: If I nurse my baby while I’m sick with a cold or flu, will my baby get sick too? The answer is simple: nursing through the cold or flu is the best protection for your baby. Human milk is full of active immune […]

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